Making A Business from Your Art

If you’d like to transistion from hobby artist to professional then we have plenty of tips here for you. All the information in these posts was gained on the front-line of making a full time living from the world of art. If you are just starting out the information here could save you a huge amount of time and effort. Enjoy the posts!

How to Sign a Painting, Drawing or Artwork – My Top Ten Tips

As a beginner artist starting out on the road to art mega-superstardom its important to consider your artists signature. Maybe you've been studying drawing lessons for a while (maybe even our complete drawing course) and you know you've got the skills, but now when...

How to Become Famous in the Newspapers With an Artists Press Release

Want to be famous? Want to see your face in the paper? Get started on your road to road to fame and fortune by creating artist press releases to send to your local newspapers. Journalists are busy, so give them everything they need to make their jobs easier and you’ll stand a better of chance of seeing your face beaming out your local rag. Its easier than you think!

How to Get in an Art Gallery Without Trying (and how I did it twice)

You’ve stood outside the gallery and gazed in just wishing that your artworks could be in there, under the bright halogen lights that make every artwork look like its worth a million dollars. If only the gallery director would see your work, if only he would give you a chance, then your dreams could come true. Is its really possible? Could it happen? Well yes it can, but first you have to go under the radar!

Art Collectors – What do they really want?

As an Artist, you are a hunter. You didn't know it, but you are. You are hunting elusive and rare game called the 'Art Collector'. Mostly solitary creatures, roaming the plains of the art gallery establishment they need very tasty bait if you want them to come out of...

Art Agents for Early Career Artists – Good or Evil?

Years ago when I first took the plunge into the professional art world I started out creating screen prints in runs of up to 100 at a time with home-made equipment in my Garage. I figured it would make sense to be able to distribute my wonderful works as widely as...

Creating Mini Art Prints for fun and profit

You've created a brilliant artwork. All your friends want it but of course they don't want to part with the vast sums of money required to prise this gleaming jewel of paint and canvas from your hot little hands. They ask "is there a print available?" The trouble is...

Procrastination – how to overcome it

Life is so busy. There are so many distractions. So many things to keep your eye off the ball. It's almost a full time job being an administrator of your own life. Everybody has their hand out wanting money. Bills keep coming in. Friends demand be Facebooked and...

How to hang an art exhibition

And so the time has come... Exhibition day is almost upon you. You've loaded up the back of your compact car with all your artworks in such a way that you would think that your vehicle must defy the laws of the universe by having more interior space than is indicated...

Taking photos of paintings – tips for non-photographer artists

Photographing art... For me F-stops and exposure times are alien concepts, however, that does not prevent me from making a relatively decent job of taking snaps of my work to pop on websites, brochures or those snazzy little gallery exhibition cards. I admit it. I'm...

Is your Artworld in Recession?

So, what do we do now? Just sit twiddling our creative fingers? Or do we get on and do 'something' while we're waiting for the affluent people to feel affluent again? Okay,  enough already! Everybody has now heard that we're in recession and the media seem to bang on...

Is your Art a Charity Case?

For some reason whenever charity committees get together there is always someone (let's call her Jenny Brightspark) who displays their pure money raising genius to everyone by brightly suggesting "Lets have a charity art raffle / auction / lucky door prize"  (*delete...

10 good reasons why artists should get real jobs

Readers please note: This post was originally published on another of my blog sites 'CreativityPro' and the reaction over there was a mixture of hilarity (by those who have really read and understood the post) and anger from those who didn't really read the post...

Is your Art any good?

I'm a positive thinker, and I really don't like to burst anyone's bubble, but even us creative types have to come out of our cosy self-created wonderland sometimes and ask the question "Is my art any good". Yes we've all watched Idol on TV, laughing and cringing as...

Where to hold your First Solo Exhibition

The dream of many aspiring art superstars is to hold an exhibition in a commercial gallery, imagining that the Gallery will take care of everything, instantly sell your artwork to their large client base and make you a H-U-G-E success, however, for many beginners and...

Who is the Audience for Your Art?

If you are going to sell your art it would be useful to know who your art is really for. That way you can concentrate you marketing and promotions efforts on the people most likely to buy it. Is your art for the locals in your town? art collectors? industry bigwigs?...

Find a Famous Friend to open Your Exhibition

Sooner or later when you are out and about in your daily life talking to people about your art and your next art exhibition you are going to come across famous, important or influential people who it might be good to invite along in an official capacity to open the...

Do you have enough art for an exhibition?

It can take a considerable amount of time and effort (not to mention expense) to create a full exhibition of artworks so its wise when setting the date for your opening night to set realistic dates by which you can produce enough works. As a rule of thumb when...

How to promote your art exhibition with a mini art folio

So you've create your artworks and you're ready to promote your art exhibition or event. You could use the Internet and all manner of promotional web sites, blogs, mailing lists and systems to get your creativity out there, but at the end of the day, certainly at the...

Begging for your Business Card

Ah, the humble business card. Such an institution in the world of commerce and trade that to not to have one is positively unseemly. Could such a thing induce begging behaviour? Would one even want someone to beg for your business card? We shall see... Make them...

Make a Portable Art Promotion Portfolio

A fantastic and very tasty looking Recipe for creating a personal organiser mini art portfolio for promotions on the go! Buy one classy looking small to medium sized Filofax style personal organiser or equivalent, preferably in a nice arty colour. (Classy I said! No...

How to have a massive art exhibition opening night

By now if you've followed the rest of this series you'll have gathered a list of people to invite to your exhibition in your Portable Mini Art Portfolio. It's time to get a plan together about how you are going to contact the people on your list again. Don't just rely...

Your Art Exhibition Checklist

This is a checklist things you need to think about when putting on your own art show. If you take the time to prepare up front your show will come across as slick, well organised and professional, which in turn gives potential buyers of your art confidence. Getting...

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